A Superb Action Thriller!
It seems strange to me that we live in an age where scripts for
mediocre thrillers such as "Firewall" can draw a big name like Harrison
Ford whilst this little gem goes seemingly unnoticed. However, don't
let the absence of any A-list Hollywood names stop you from checking
out "Already Dead" because Ron Eldard and Til Schweiger are perfectly
cast here. Never heard of them? Don't worry - you'll probably recognise
them when you see their faces and, if there really is a God, they'll
both soon headline much bigger movies.
What's fantastic about "Already Dead" is that it doesn't waste time
getting into the story. The movie begins with events set in motion. Our
first scene introduces us to Thomas Archer, a man evidently in some
degree of emotional turmoil, as he walks through a train station with a
large bag. What's in the bag? As he makes his journey towards his
destination the audience is given brief flashbacks which bring you up
to speed on what has already happened. As the present events unfold,
the flashbacks continue until they intersect at a specific point and
Thomas Archer is posed with a terrible decision.
I won't mention any more of the storyline because, for me, one of the
highlights was the way in which it progressed. Another review on IMDb
mentioned the lack of surprises which makes me wonder if we saw the
same movie. I was continually wondering about the motivations of
certain characters (in particular, Schweiger's character who is simply
known as 'The Man') and the ending I predicted never occurred (yet
still fully satisfied me). I also have to take issue with another
reviewer's comments that the movie was 'slow in the middle'. I didn't
find that all.
Despite "Already Dead" being a very polished production, it is
deliberately filmed in a very raw way which mainly uses hand-held
cameras to make you feel as though you're there with Archer during the
movie. Good performances from the two leads as well as the supporting
actors (Patrick Kilpatrick and Christopher Plummer) ensure that you're
gripped throughout. It also manages to not outstay its welcome; there
certainly weren't any moments when I found myself looking at my watch.
If you like smart thrillers with lots of action, I'd definitely
recommend checking out "Already Dead". I'd also recommend not reading
about the plot beforehand. Watch it without any knowledge of what will
be happening and you'll find yourself pleasantly surprised..
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Watchable...though a little slow in the middle
I wasn't completely sure what to expect from this movie given the plot
summary, title and no previous user comments.
The movie starts slightly 'within' the story so we are given a few
flashbacks at the beginning to let us know why this slightly
dishevelled guy is walking with a big black bag (hmmm, I wonder what's
in it!). However, although it seemed to start out pretty predictable,
it was still intriguing enough for the first 15 minutes or so to keep
me watching (that's my usual time limit before I decide to switch off
There are some twists and turns along the way, though the seasoned
movie aficionado will probably guess them all anyway (I try not to work
it out - I prefer to just sit back and go along with the ride). It does
get a little slow in the middle, but then picks up again towards the
The acting was fine, particularly Til Schweiger (The Man), who should
be doing better in Hollywood than his Filmography suggests.
If you like a bit of suspense and a bit of action without too much
thinking, then I can recommend this movie. It wasn't terrible but it
won't win any Oscars either. 6/10.